Recent Viewpoints

May 28, 2020
First Liberty Opengraph

Kerby Anderson The battle over church attendance and religious liberty has been the major focus of Kelly Shackelford and the First Liberty Institute. He writes about it in his article in Newsweek. When the lockdown began, I suspect that he and the other lawyers at his organization wondered what they might be doing. They didn’t have to wait very long. Governors and mayors began to issue orders that seemed to be focused on closing down church services while other establishments remained…

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May 27, 2020
faithless-electors

Kerby Anderson The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments concerning a case involving faithless electors. The president is elected by electors who travel to their state capitol and are supposed to vote according to the wishes of the voters. What if those electors change their vote? That is the case being considered by the Supreme Court. A Colorado elector planned to cast a vote for a different candidate in 2016. The Secretary of State removed him, but the Tenth Circuit…

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May 26, 2020
Baseball Umpire

Kerby Anderson The actions by Judge Emmet Sullivan in the Michael Flynn case provide a clear example of what is often wrong with the judiciary today in America. Perhaps the best short commentary about this comes from Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School. He has been on my radio program a few times, and I am continually impressed by his willingness to address issues his fellow liberals so often ignore. If you are not familiar with the case,…

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May 25, 2020
Our Freedom Isn't Free

Kerby Anderson Today is Memorial Day. For many Americans, it is merely a day off. For others, it marks the start of summer. But hopefully for many of you, it is a day to honor those who fought for our freedom and especially for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Sure we can enjoy our picnics and go for a walk or go for a swim. But we should take some time to put up a flag, make a banner,…

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May 22, 2020
voter fraud - tombstones

Kerby Anderson The potential for voter fraud this year is significant. As I have mentioned in previous commentaries, more states are proposing a vote-by-mail electoral system. In fact, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former attorney general Eric Holder are pushing for a national vote-by-mail option. California governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order requiring every registered voter (including those listed as “inactive”) be mailed a ballot this November. Yet we know that Los Angeles County has a registration rate…

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May 22, 2020
Girl doing school on her laptop on a bed

Penna Dexter ‘We’re all homeschoolers now’ became a familiar parental refrain as Americans began a weeks-long ‘shelter-at-home’ period. Some can’t wait to be done with this particular duty. For others, the experience wasn’t as hard as they thought, perhaps more satisfying than expected. Some families may learn from this that they love homeschooling and want to keep it up. Others may find a limited form of homeschooling necessary this fall when we’ll likely still be dealing with coronavirus-related precautions. We…

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May 21, 2020
No COVID-19 lawsuits

Kerby Anderson A major impediment to opening up the American economy are lawsuits. Congress needs to consider what liability protections are necessary so that business owners will feel confident in going back to work. The list of lawsuits already being filed is much larger than I imagined. Consider this shortened list from the editors of the Wall Street Journal. “Trial lawyers are filing suits against emergency-supply manufacturers (false advertising), colleges (refusal to refund student fees), cruise lines (emotional distress), retailers…

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May 20, 2020
empty streets of Wuhan, China

Kerby Anderson As various states are loosening stay-at-home orders, we are seeing more people in public spaces. But there are a significant number of Americans who aren’t coming out any time soon. The media will naturally focus on the number of people at stores, malls, and parks and probably ignore people staying home. A survey commissioned by Vital Vio concluded that about 40 percent of Americans plan to avoid public spaces unless “absolutely necessary” long after the coronavirus pandemic has…

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May 19, 2020
Pulitzer_Medal

Kerby Anderson For decades we have seen awards given to music, movies, and tv programs that didn’t deserve them. Usually, they were rewarded because they were edgy or promoted the latest leftist fad or ideological cause. The latest Pulitzer Prize awarded to a New York Times columnist unfortunately follows in that sad tradition. The prize for commentary was awarded earlier this month to Nikole Hannah-Jones for her essay that was part of the newspaper’s 1619 Project. In previous commentaries, I…

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May 18, 2020
In Science we Trust?

Kerby Anderson A frequent phrase used these days is that we need “to trust the science.” But I have found that often “trust the science” really means “trust the model” which is not the same thing. Computer models are used to predict everything from the climate to the economy. Often, they are inaccurate. Asking legitimate questions about these models and their assumptions is appropriate and not “anti-science.” When I was in graduate school, many of us worked with professors who…

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May 15, 2020
Little Sisters — Again

Penna Dexter The Little Sisters of the Poor is a religious order that runs nursing homes for the poor. They’re back at the U.S. Supreme Court to, hopefully, conclude their nearly-8-year battle against the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate obligating these nuns to provide their employees with birth control. Under the Affordable Care Act, workplace health plans are supposed to cover “preventative care,” which the Obama Administration said meant birth control, with no out-of-pocket costs. Churches are exempt and the Hobby Lobby…

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